Come with us on a journey through time and space, let us take you back, way back to 2008 and our first real client. His name was, and still is, Tom Hagy.
Tom saw Jay and Leah’s wacky videos on Myspace way back when (remember MySpace?!) and approached them to make something similar for his legal education company. He needed to demonstrate legal mishaps for courtroom training and thus, Giant Ant embarked on its first full-crew live action video shoot. They shot ten short videos, written by Tom, and soon after that, they entered the exciting world of litigation and filmed a conference on asbestos. This was to be Giant Ant’s first and last foray into the world of videography. (If this was a bad documentary we’d freeze frame on them in the court room and slow fade to black with a very dramatic transition)
All these years later, Tom is still our friend, and Jay and Leah look back on those days with doe-eyes and warm hearts. Just the other day he came all the way over from the United States of America and Jay and Leah ate a meal of food with him. And then he sent us this rad email…
I am half-Italian, half some other form of white-ish person. Maybe Swiss. Maybe German. But mostly I am from Ohio, but have now lived in Philadelphia for most of my life. I have a good sense of rhythm, but can barely spell it. My last name means “hedge.” I do not know why.
My life is a project. My friend Joe Paradise? His life is a project. My business is a project. One of the best things about having a business is getting to work with great people. A few years ago I found some hysterical videos on the internet and when I wrote to the poster — he actually wrote back. I remember writing that he was funny, and the woman in his videos was too, but if she was his ex-girlfriend to please forget I mentioned it. HA! He wrote back. No; we’re still together. Anyway, they are still together. Married. They do not have a dog except in my imagination. He is a sweet lab. A living stuffed animal. They are growing their business, and I am very proud of them. They are creative. They are thoughtful. About their craft. About the kinds of clients they take on. About their friends. I know because I am fortunate to be one of them. That’s my story. I am sticking to it. But mostly because I am wearing shorts on a plastic chair.
Thanks for being a pal, Tom!